Vol Walker Hall Renovation & The Steven L. Anderson Design Center
Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architects and Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Award of Excellence
These two projects make up a complex but resolute hybrid of a historic restoration and a contemporary insertion and expansion.
Vol Walker Hall and the addition of the Steven L. Anderson Design Center for the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas is a complex but resolute hybrid of a historic restoration and a contemporary insertion and expansion.
Post-tensioned concrete and Indiana limestone honor the weight and substance of the historic, while the west-facing fritted glass brise-soleil and steel curtainwall create a contemporary figure. The overall design is a didactic model, establishing a tangible discourse between past and present, while providing state of the art facilities for 21st century architectural and design education.
The project provides a beautiful, bold and respectful relationship to the original building both inside and out. There is refinement and consistency to the detailing and an intentional contrast between the new interventions and the historic renovation. This is a very disciplined approach to scale, shape and color consistency. The studios appear incredibly flexible with little wasted circulation space. We see activity everywhere!